Montclair, for the second year in a row, will not hold its traditional Fourth of July parade and picnic. In 2020, the parade was cancelled due to the pandemic for the first time in more than 100 years.
“We are deeply disappointed that we must again cancel the July 4th celebration, but given the state guidelines on public gatherings and our inability to plan with any certainty over the past six months, we made the difficult decision to call off the events,” said Donato DiGeronimo, spokesperson for the Montclair Celebrates July 4th Committee.
The Committee consulted with Township manager before making the decision to cancel the events.
“There’s no one who wants to the July 4th parade more than the committee,” said DiGeronimo. “We know how much Montclair would love to have a parade, but we are hopeful for the future of the event.”
New Jersey has no capacity limit for outdoor gatherings, however, social distancing must be practiced. The July 4th parade draws thousands of spectators and hundreds of participants. After reviewing the state guidelines, it was determined that Montclair simply does not have the resources to enforce social distancing for such a large public gathering, according to a statement by the committee.
The volunteer committee is working on plans to recognize last year’s Grand Marshal honoree Dan Gill, a Glenfield teacher for more than 50 years.
Bloomfield held its Memorial Day parade today, encouraging residents to line Broad Street to remember and honor fallen heroes.